In this two part series we look back at some of the biggest events, announcements and releases in 2017 as reported here at Jedi News. Part 1 covers January through to the end of June….
- As the New Year starts we continue to mourn the loss of our Princess Carrie Fisher.
- Build Your Own R2-D2 from DeAgostini is released.
- Seasons of the Force Arrives at Disneyland Paris.
- Star Wars Rebels Returns in the US (in the UK we wait till March).
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story passes the $1 billion mark.
- The title to Episode IX is announced as Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
- UK Toy Fair arrives and with it the first look at the 40th Anniversary logo for Star Wars.
- Star Wars Land Opening set for 2019 at both US parks.
- John Williams wins a Grammy for The Force Awakens soundtrack.
- Jedi News travels to New York for the International Toy Fair.
- Hasbro shows off their 6″ Black Series collection to celebrate the 40th Anniversary at Toy Fair, and makes a limited quantity available immediately.
- Josh Gad Keeps up the pressure on Daisy Ridley asking more questions during the filming of Murder on the Orient Express.
- Rancho Obi-Wan announce they’re attending Star Wars Celebration in April.
- Official Key Art for Star Wars Celebration, by Paul Shipper, revealed.
- Yakface.com celebrate 20 years.
- Star Wars Rebels set to return for Season 4.
- One Month till Star Wars Celebration in Orlando.
- Gentle Giant announces new Premier Guild Membership Tiers
- LEGO Star Wars UCS Snowspeeder (Set #75144) revealed
- Public Memorial to celebrate the lives of Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher takes place.
- Lotteries revealed for Funko, LEGO and Others for Star Wars Celebration.
- LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Season 2 announced.
- Star Wars: From A Certain Point of View Anthology Announced by Del Rey.
- 40 Years of Star Wars Panel at Star Wars Celebration include Carrie Fisher memorial, plus appearances by George Lucas, Harrison Ford, John Williams and more.
- New Forces of Destiny mirco-series and toys announced at Star Wars Celebration.
- Hasbro announces return of The Vintage Collection during Star Wars Celebration Panel.
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi Behind the Scenes Footage Shown.
- Season 4 To be the last for Star Wars Rebels.
- Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 sets new attendance record at over 70,000 fans.
- The Running Stormtrooper, Jez Allinson, becomes a Guinness World Record Holder.
- Star Wars Battlefront II announced for November 17th release.
- Star Wars Fan Fun Day Takes Place in Burley.
- Jedi News celebrates 10 years of being online (even though its content goes back to 1999 since incorporating Lightsabre in 2010).
- Sideshow announce new sixth scale figures from The Empire Strikes Back.
- First Young Han Solo set photo from Fuerteventura in Spain.
- Feel The Force with new Helix Star Wars range.
- Funko announces acquisition of Loungefly.
- Vanity Fair reveals four The Last Jedi covers for 40th Anniversary of Star Wars.
- Celebrate 40 Years of Star Wars with Star Wars Identities: The Exhibition at the O2.
- ILM 40th Anniversary reunion takes place at the former site of ILM’s San Rafael studio.
- Steve Sansweet announces theft of items from Rancho Obi-Wan.
- Hallmark Release New ‘Star Wars’ Itty Bitty’s.
- Phil Lord & Christopher Miller leave/sacked from young Han Solo film.
- Ron Howard lined up to take over Han Solo film.
- Los Angeles City Council approves building of Lucas Museum Of Narrative Art.
- Forces Of Destiny animated series to premiere on July 3rd.
- 501st UK Garrison Heroes of the Empire Full Trailer.
Join us tomorrow for a look back at the second half of 2017 – from July through to December.